Join us for a benefit show to help Reading Frenzy RELAUNCH & EXPAND in a new location. Reading Frenzy is a Portland institution and a rare outlet for indie media, small press, zines, and D.I.Y. culture!
8:30pm | $5.00 day of show
Reading Frenzy was founded in 1994 and is devoted to independent, small press, and self-published titles. With a start-up fund of $4000 and a lot of gumption and support we've managed to bring the best of the independent press to Portland and beyond for 18+ years, producing over 500 literary and art events, launching our own publishing venture -- Show & Tell Press -- and sparking kindred projects like the Independent Publishing Resource Center in the process.
This is not another story about a struggling indie bookshop with declining sales. After two decades of bookselling I can happily say that reports of the death of print (and independent bookstores) have been greatly exaggerated. Reading Frenzy has survived the advent of the Internet, the rise of big box bookstores and Amazon, the decline of independent booksellers nationwide, the invention of e-books and e-readers, massive changes in the publishing industry, and a three year recession, to have one of our best years EVER in 2012! With your help things can only get better!
That said this move has forced us to really examine what's working and not working. We've determined that we need increase our retail space, inventory, and sales, in order to adequately support a small staff and allow us to grow and thrive, and that's going to take capital that we don't have. We also want to produce more of our own publications and expand our events programming which will help us further our mission while subsidizing the shop. Here's what we have planned for the new space:
Move to a bigger space and a better location!
Double or triple our inventory!
Create a dedicated art exhibit space!
Increase our events programming!
With time, space, and additional funding we also plan to add workshops to our events roster, a reading room to show off and share our amazing archive, and an artist's book and zine print-on-demand project!
Abstract Earth Project presents...
Revel in the lush, immersive compositions of dazzling young producer Baths.
9pm | $12.00 advance
Brown Paper Tickets
For mercurial L.A. music-maker Will Wiesenfeld, Baths has been a long time coming. The 21-year-old has spent the better part of his days living amidst "pleasant" and "unremarkable" in the suburbs of the San Fernando Valley, so perhaps it's due to a general lack of local inspiration that Wiesenfeld's own work has never fit into a prefab box of its own. Over the last six years, under the handle of [Post-Foetus], Wiesenfeld has gainfully explored the intersections and outer reaches of both electronic and acoustic music. With Baths, his eclecticism finds its greatest focus yet, in a hail of lush melodies, ghostly choirs, playful instrumentation and stuttering beats.
Check out the new track "Miasma Sky", from forthcoming album Obsidian:
APERITIVO HAPPY HOUR
Please join us from 5-8pm for our weekly Aperitivo Happy Hour, which--in European style--features an impressive array of free appetizers straight from the Holocene kitchen (while they last). We'll also have great (and cheap!) Cava, and delightful Continental cocktails! DJ duties are taken up by Honey O of the Miracles Club, playing perfect summery selections.
5pm | FREE!
Tiburon (Luz Elena of Y La Bamba + Nick of Death Songs)
We're honored to host the legendary singer-songwriter Damien Jurado, whose 15-year career has been marked by incredibly innovative songcraft. EARLY SHOW: Doors at 7:30, show at 8.
7:30pm | $13.00 advance $15.00 day of show
Last year, Damien Jurado released "Maraqopa," his latest collaboration with producer Richard Swift, dropping us into a brutal and benevolent landscape. The bold strokes and new turns the pair made with 2010's Saint Bartlett are taken even further. He throws open the gate on his oft insular dirges and allows them do some real wilding out in the canyon. In Maraqopa, the vistas are miles-wide; the action is more dynamic; the close-ups sweaty and snarling. The strummed desert blues that begin "Nothing is the News" quickly bursts open into an Eddie Hazel-worthy supernova shred session, all of it swirling in tinny-psych and Echoplex'd howls. We've never heard anything like this from Jurado. Fifteen years into his remarkable career, and he continues to blossom. Jurado and Swift establish themselves not only as inventive, trusting collaborators, but as one another's spirit animals in American outsider songcraft --lone wolves in black sheep's clothing. Swift is the Ennio Morricone to Jurado's Sergio Leone.
At Swift's National Freedom studios, the live-to-tape ethos allowed these songs to expand and retract like a great beast's breath. Every in-the-moment bell and whistle here is hung with a natural, casual care. The Seattle Times recently called Jurado "Seattle's folk-boom godfather," a praising recognition to be sure. But also a title Jurado might not yet be ready to accept. That's a title for someone who has settled. With each visit to National Freedom, Jurado is exploring, taking risks.
Early performance piece by:
Live sets from
Darkwave dance party with:
DJ Ill Camino
DJ Ill Camino
Join Holocene and ELEVEN Magazine in celebrating EFF (Experimental Film Festival) Portland! FREE BEFORE 11pm!
9pm | $3.00 day of show
EFFPortland erupted in 2012 in the fair City of Roses, in response to the need for a Portland-based experimental media showcase. It filled that void with a lava-hot amalgam of shorts, installations, performances, and collaborations. With a week of solid programming, some of which lasted for months beyond the official festival, across seven venues around the city,EFFPortland's inaugural year was, in short, a total blast. We had the immense pleasure of cultivating fantastic partnerships with some of Portland's most exciting and dynamic venues, artists, and organizations, and we made a whole bunch of new friends, colleagues, and co-conspirators hailing from the near side AND the far side. And there were donuts!
The second EFFPortland is based on the framework and momentum of our first effort, maintaining the core value of connecting the rich landscape of local makers to the vast and bright world of experimental media across the country and beyond both coasts. This year, we are putting more method into our madness. We are flush with the gifts of experience and passion and suited up to continue this great experiment. We're back in the lab, and this time we have blueprints.
From 9:30 - 10: Light Makes Music is a 16mm audio performance based on loops and a "score". The images that arise are secondary and fall around the room as they may. The sound is light passing through celluloid, emulsion, dirt, scratches, marker, tape, and sprocket holes creating a cyclical, patchy, noisy soundscape.
Ancient Heat EP RELEASE!
1980sprince (Ryan of Beisbol)
Come celebrate the release of Ancient Heat's new covers EP, Under the Covers.
8:30pm | $6.00 day of show
Ancient Heat is a large ensemble dance band, formed in 2010 by frontman and mastermind producer Brendan Grubb. The 11-piece powerhouse revels in an exhilarating mixture of west coast funk, disco, and R&B, merged with the infectious polyrhythms of African and Brazilian pop and a healthy dose of psychedelia. While Grubb will confess major affection for more mainstream disco divas (mention Donna Summer's recent passing and he'll still shed a tear!), his orchestration in Ancient Heat is decidedly experimental and daring.
Welcome to the world of Ancient Heat, where disco is not a genre but a force of nature. As their name suggests, the band seems to have tapped into a secret primordial well of funky sensualism, working their alchemical magic for the dancefloor and making all that glitters into gold.
"Is it All Over My Face?" is one of four cover songs to be released as Under the Covers, the first in a series of tribute EPs by Ancient Heat celebrating disco's rich history. The EP was recorded this past winter at Revolver Studios in the band's hometown of Portland, Ore., and is set to be released digitally next month along with a limited run of 100 cassettes. With this EP, Ancient Heat are bringing new vivacity and inventiveness to some deeply soulful cuts, while still conveying a great sense of respect, admiration and even indebtedness to those who came before.
If there is anything substantial to be gleaned by tossing out a cute genre moniker for Ancient Heat like "Portland Disco", we will find that substance in this EP. Their exuberant re-contextualization of classic works conveys an unpretentious style and a deep sincerity. This is a group with their feet on the ground, ditching the irony, egos, and iciness of more slick Italo disco. Instead, they bring us a west coast approach, with an earthy harmony about them that recalls the deep awe of the forest more so than the glitz of the club. The group dresses in all white for their compelling live performances, leading the local press to label these magic-makers: "a cross between Abba and The Children of God." It's a spectacle of skilled musicianship and ecstatic theatrics that you'll need to see to believe....